Will Smith has described the ‘heart-shattering’ moment that his son Jaden Smith asked to be emancipated from his parents at the age of just 15.
In an extract from his newly published memoir Will shared with People, the Men in Black and Ali actor said he was knocked for six when his son asked about being an emancipated minor, reports LADBible.
Smith said his ‘heart shattered’ when he heard the news, according to the platform.
Jaden’s request came after the pair had featured together in After Earth, which Will called ‘an abysmal box office and critical failure’.
He said: “And what was worse was that Jaden took the hit.
“Fans and the press were absolutely vicious; they said and printed things about Jaden that I refuse to repeat.
“Jaden had faithfully done everything that I’d instructed him to do, and I had coached him into the worst public mauling he’d ever experienced.”
He explained how despite never speaking about it directly with his dad, Will knew Jaden felt ‘betrayed’ and ‘misled’ by the ordeal.